Today is GB Bloom Day for October, a tradition started by Carol at May Dreams Gardens. I took a brief walkabout yesterday and noted there were indeed still some flowers doing their best to have us take notice before the anticipated freeze that should come in about a week or so if the weather is on schedule. Place of honor has to go to the Cosmos.
The bees are very fond of the Cosmos (of course they don’t have as much to choose from as the season runs down.
And other annuals like Zinnias and Marigolds are still very much in play.
The Dahlias are at their best in the Fall. These colorful flowers are better and better right up until frost.
I’ll have to see if I can see the label on this one when it’s daylight (*Jonathan says it’s Gallery Pablo and I believe that’s right).
The cyclamens that we bought from Seneca Hills last Spring are also looking better as the season progresses. All three plants purchased have come into flower.
The surprise for us this week was the Pineapple Sage that Beth planted last Spring in the herb garden. It’s supposed to take a long time to flower and it did. But it’s a very nice flower once it comes.
Aside from the blooms, we also had a butterfly visitor that I hadn’t noticed before flying through the orchard. It’s name really is the Question Mark — that’s not a stand-in for not knowing the name.
The season is well marked by that Sugar Maple that I mentioned earlier. This tree almost died in our front yard, exposed to the winter winds. When I moved it to the forest (dragged by a logging chain because it was quite big even then), it prospered.
Another sign of Fall is the steady stream of honkers passing overhead. The Canada Geese are abundant over at Lilypons where I returned again this week looking for bird pictures after last weeks successful visit.